Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Thanks to the terrific special effects and majestic score, it’s easy to miss the fact that this fourth “Jurassic Park” sequel barely has a narrative or a plot. It’s mostly a series of set-pieces that makes the overall experience feel more like a roller-coaster than a fully realized story worth telling. Chris Pratt continues to stumble in this role, mistaking arrogance for charm, and the movie’s determination to turn him into a Dino John McLane is repetitive and tiresome. There are really no other characters that register, and by the time the movie reaches its oversized, ludicrous and unimaginative climax, it’s long past redemption. The escape from the island is the movie’s lone effective moment, and it seems to belong in a different movie altogether, and the movie’s final shots seen to be at odds with its tone.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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